Sanders's campaign aide apologizes for dual-loyalty remark in reference to Jews

Lester Mason
March 15, 2019

A top staffer to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign apologized Tuesday for invoking "a dual allegiance" of Jewish Americans while defending Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. "Issues of allegiance and loyalty to one's country come with painful history", Sanders' campaign national deputy press secretary Belén Sisa told Politico.

Minnesota Democrats who are angry and offended at Rep. Ilhan Omar for her string of comments about Jews and Israel are reportedly considering squelching her next nomination and running a different candidate in her place.

She deleted the Facebook posts after Politico confronted her about her remarks. "There's definitely talk about people wanting someone to run against her".

Since being sworn in in January, Omar has accused some of her fellow lawmakers of dual loyalty, or "allegiance to a foreign country", due to their support for Israel.

Omar's February comment was met with swift condemnation from the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, New York Rep. Eliot Engel.

Congress and the American people need to address why the USA gives so much aid and support to Israel.

It was not the first time Omar had been criticized for imputing that Israel's most vocal American backers had been in some way compromised by their support for the state, leading to Democratic infighting over how to respond.

Last week, the House of Representatives passed an anti-hate resolution sparked in large part by Omar's recent suggestions that Israel supporters want USA lawmakers to pledge "allegiance" to the Jewish state - which was widely condemned as echoing the age-old "dual loyalties" smear against Jewish politicians. "She is part of a group of young progressives that is starting a lot of uncomfortable and overdue conversations on the left about climate change, and health care, and yes, Israel and Palestine".

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